AZ's elk, antelope application deadline is approaching fast
PHOENIX - Hunters seeking a chance to hunt Arizona's coveted elk or pronghorn antelope are running out of time to submit a paper application to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for a chance at the limited permits issued through the drawing process.
The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, Feb. 8, by 7 p.m. - postmarks do not count. There is no online application process.
To apply, pick up a copy of the Arizona 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk regulations, an application form and envelope. Detailed, step-by-step instructions for filling out the application can be found on pages 8-12 of the regulations.
When making your hunt number choice, Game and Fish offers these suggestions.
"A common question we get is, 'What area should I put in for?'" said Big Game Supervisor Amber Munig. "All hunt areas provide a chance to harvest an animal. Choosing a hunt area is a personal choice that involves deciding what level of chance you are comfortable with." Munig suggests reviewing the "Hunt Arizona 2010: Survey, Harvest and Draw Data" booklet and select the hunts that provide the best odds for you. For some, that need is the best chance of getting a permit versus hunt success; for others, it is best odds of harvesting an animal.
Demand far outweighs supply. Last year, more than 115,000 hunters applied for 27,633 total elk and antelope permits available. There are 24,263 elk permits and 874 antelope permits available for 2011.